Travel is one of my favorite hobbies. This year I got to spend a little extra time with my family in Houston over the holidays and decided to make a side trip to Austin. This quirky city is the capitol of Texas and an active college town, home to the University of Texas. It’s also the location of the mega South by Southwest Music Festival every spring.
Upon my arrival at a hotel along the trendy, boutique and café-lined district of South Congress (or “SoCo” as the locals know it), I found Austin to be quite charming with its abundance of artsy buildings, trailer parks converted into eateries, and old homes converted into galleries and shops, and my favorite – lots of vintage shopping!
I did some shopping along SoCo (Disco K. will be very happy with her new pimpin’ vintage faux fur stole!) and went exploring Downtown where I ventured into the State Capitol building with its massive rotunda topped with a star that spells TEXAS at the top. I also checked out “The Drag” near UT, which now lives up to its name because most of the cool shops have been pushed out for chain-style restaurants. And a trip to Austin wouldn’t be complete without tasting some local music so I caught the new band Wrenfro featuring Tony Scalzo from Fastball at the Strange Brew Lounge.
Check out the scene:
Here’s a list of vintage stores I hit in case you’re ever in the area:
New Bohemia – 1606 S. Congress, 78704
Uncommon Objects – 1512 S. Congress Ave., 78704
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store – 1327 S Congress Ave.,78704
Room Service – 107 E. North Loop Blvd. (E. 53rd), 78751
Bertha’s Paradise – 112 E. North Loop, 78751
Ermine Vintage – 106 E. North Loop Blvd., 78751
There were so many vintage stores, I didn’t have time (or the money!) to hit them all but here’s a map of Vintage Around Town if you do.
Thanks for a great time Austin!
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